RUSH: Loretta Lynch, the attorney general. When I saw the transcript of this, I said, “This has to be a mistake. This is not Loretta Lynch. This has to be Marilyn Mosby.” Does that name ring a bell, Marilyn Mosby? Marilyn Mosby was the state attorney, the district attorney in Baltimore that came out and announced that she was gonna go after those cops for what they did to that nice young man, Freddie Gray. So I read the transcript here what Loretta Lynch said at a press conference at the Department of Justice today, and I literally thought I was listening to Marilyn Mosby.
Listen to this…
LYNCH: To those who are exercising that most fundamental of our freedoms, we hear your voices and we feel your pain. To all the law enforcement officers who continue to risk their lives day in and day out to keep us safe and to protect those essential freedoms, I extend my deepest thanks and support. But, finally, I urge all Americans to ask themselves what they can do to contribute to the more peaceful, the more perfect, and the more just union that is our shared heritage, that is our mutual responsibility, and that is our common goal.
Can I go through some of the headlines here for you? I have the right Stack here. I put the right… Oh, some of the headlines from the U.K. Daily Mail’s impressions about what’s going on there. I know, I know. There was somebody shot by a cop. We’ve already been through that. It was not a racial incident. Here we go. “War Zone in Charlotte — White man begs for mercy as he is beaten while a reporter is nearly dragged into a fire by rioters as people are told to stay home from work after police shooting of black father.
“Disturbing videos have emerged of protesters brutally attacking bystanders… [T]he second night of violence that has been prompted by shooting of Keith Lamont Scott,” by a cop. “Governor Pat McCrory has declared a state of emergency and has called in the National Guard. … Major companies with offices in the downtown area told employees not to come into work,” today.
“Mayor Jennifer Roberts is also considering putting a curfew in place. She also said that Scott’s family will be shown video of the police shooting today. One of the denominators shot in the head outside the Omni Hotel fighting for his life. At least three other protesters and four cops were also taken to the hospital. A man, believed to be Scott’s brother, was captured on video saying all white people are ‘f—ing devils,'” as he imitated john F-ing Kerry.
So that’s just to read some of the headlines. And here’s the story about the white guy allowed to drive away alive. Stop now and think of this headline. There was a white guy brandishing a gun, holding it in his left hand out the driver’s side window of the car he was driving. And they clear a path and let the guy go through. It’s a white guy. And the headline: “He Was Allowed to Drive Away Alive,” as though getting out of there alive last night was an achievement.
“White motorist armed with a GUN,” in all capital letters, “is filmed driving slowly through crowd of protesters in Charlotte. Writer Heather Head filmed the car driving into crowds in North Carolina. It is illegal to openly carry a gun at a protest or civil disorder in the state. A state of emergency has been declared in the city in midst of chaos.”
Headlines go on. So Loretta Lynch, with her press conference, first acknowledges the protesters exercising the most fundamental of our freedoms. “We hear your voices. We feel your pain.” And then she acknowledges law enforcement. And then, “Finally, I urge all Americans to ask themselves what they can do to contribute to the –” what’s the rest of America got to do with this? “I urge all Americans to ask themselves what they can do to contribute to the more peaceful, the more perfect, and the more just union that is our shared heritage, that is our mutual responsibility, and that is our common goal.”
Yeah. (interruption) Well, who would do that? Oh. Oh. Oh. I see what you’re saying. Mr. Snerdley is saying, “This woman ought to be up there telling every one of these lawbreakers what’s gonna happen to them if they don’t stop this.” Right? “She’s the top law enforcement officer in the country, and instead of acknowledging this and encouraging this and saying she understands this, she ought to be telling these people it’s about time to stop it or they’re gonna be sent places they don’t want to go.”
Well, that’s not what she did. She’s up there, “We feel your pain.” This is basically a green light and throwing the onus on the country. Remember, this is all happening, in her mind, the county, the people of the country, we have a lot to do, we have a long way to go. We are not perfect. We are imperfect. We are not fulfilling the ideal. We are not anywhere close to it. We, the people of the country, have a lot of work to do, and you and I, the people of the country, we better get serious and we better start doing whatever.
But I think Mr. Snerdley has a point. Hey, she’s the top cop. It’s time to shut this down, instead of running around acting like we understand, we feel your pain, and we really admire or whatever it is that she’s trying to convey here. But she’s not the only one. Law enforcement is so under the gun because of this. The cops know that the DOJ’s not with ’em.
Put it this way. The cops, you can understand them wondering whether or not the DOJ is with them, when she goes out and acknowledging the protesters and says, “Hey, we totally get what you’re doing. We understand it. We feel your pain.” If you run Black Lives Matter and you hear the attorney general come out with a statement like that, what’s your reaction gonna be? Green light.